Looking backward 2

The north

10 years ago

June 2, 2009: A fire that caused major damage to the weekly County Pennysaver office at 41 S. Main St. in Norwood is being investigated as arson. The owner of the building is Mark G. L. Todd. Mr. Todd, Valisha D. Arnold and Judy A. Kinney bought the business from Thomas L. Griffis, the 20-year co-publisher of the paper, and moved the office from Massena to Norwood in 2005.

25 years ago

June 2, 1994: Working in St. Lawrence County government offices may no longer be a picnic. Buildings and Grounds Superintendent R. Stephen Sharland wants to prohibit employees from eating at their desks because the scraps they leave behind make extra work for cleanup crews. He raised the issue at the county Legislature’s Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting Wednesday.

50 years ago

June 2, 1969: Watertown School of Commerce is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first year of operation at our new location on Sandy Creek Valley Road. Our new facility is situated on 65 acres of land and consists of three main buildings; including a complete gymnasium and several frame buildings. This site also houses the Watertown Computer Service, the home of the IBM Model 1130 COMPUTER.

75 years ago

June 2, 1944: War department officials today denied reports that an extension of the forces at Pine Camp were planned in the near future. The denial by the war department scotched rumors that have circulated in the north country for the past week that the army was planning to enlarge forces at the camp.

100 years ago

June 2, 1919: It became known today that a $500,000 corporation to be known as the Northern New York Milk company would be formed as the result of a merger of a number of dairy products plants in this section and that a big dry milk plant and condensary would be erected at Pierrepont manor.

125 years ago

June 2, 1894: The people of Mannsville were aroused yesterday afternoon by the report that Mrs. R.C. Fisher has driven her feeble old husband out to perish in the rain. Fisher, who is 83 years of age, was found by the neighbors yesterday in the fields. He said that he had been driven out of the house by his wife and left in the field to die. Mrs. Fisher is 29 years younger than her husband; all the property is in her name.

150 years ago

June 2, 1869: There is a subscription paper going around to purchase a uniform for our band, which proposes to play for us during the pleasant Saturday evenings of this summer. Our citizens will, of course, esteem it a pleasure to acknowledge these concerts by presenting the band with neat uniforms.

The world


1537: Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World.

1774: The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.

1883: The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1886: Grover Cleveland becomes the first American president to wed while in office.

1910: Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he becomes Britain’s first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane breaks up in midair.

1924: The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians.

1948: Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash.

1953: Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England.

1954: Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.

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